Google Drive File Stream

Google is phasing out the Drive desktop app and replacing it with Drive File Stream.

Support ends Dec. 11th, 2017 and the product will be shut down March 12, 2018. It’s much faster and uses virtually no disk space.  With Drive File Stream you can work offline and view and organize your Google Drive files from your mac or pc using the computer’s file system.  

If you’ve been frustrated trying to organize your files in Google Drive, using the desktop File Stream will allow you to move files to folders through Windows File Explorer, the same method you use to organize files in your J: drive.  If you have used the desktop Drive app, you’ll be amazed at how much faster and more efficient  this is. Whether you’ve been using Drive desktop, or you’ve never heard of it, give Drive File Stream a try. You’ll be glad you did!  

*Install Google File Stream for Windows
  • You will be required to sign-in to your D219 Google account.
  • Google Drive File Stream will request access. Allow.
  • Once installed and authorized, the Drive icon will be available in the lower right of your taskbar as well as from the Windows File Explorer.  
  • Add, move, remove files from Windows File Explorer.

*If you are currently using Desktop Drive, quit and uninstall Google Drive.

If sign-in and authorization does not show up automatically, search for Drive  File Stream using the Windows search icon in the lower left of your taskbar.